The Graduate Finance Association (GFA) is NYU Stern’s largest student-run organization with an active membership of over 850 full and part-time students and an extensive alumni network. Our goal is to prepare our members for a career in finance, which we accomplish through a series of educational and networking activities, including our weekly GFA Lunch & Learns and the annual GFA Conference. We also provide workshops and a panel series, which offer valuable insight into the interview process and tips for a successful summer internship. Some of the key events we facilitate are:
- GFA Conference - Each year, the club assembles leading practitioners from a particular industry to discuss major market trends. A career fair typically follows the speakers and panels. These practitioners include CEOs, senior research analysts, and top Stern professors.
- GFA Lunch & Learns - Perhaps the most popular and heavily attended weekly event for Stern students, the Lunch & Learns provide corporations with a forum to interact with and educate our members through the use of case studies or industry and product reviews. Each presentation is followed by an interactive Q & A session. Lunch & Learns are an excellent way to raise awareness about your company and to generate interest in available opportunities.
- Training the Street Valuation Seminar - The GFA annually partners with Training the Street Inc. to deliver an educational seminar focused on Corporate Finance Valuation. Held in January, this seminar is a great complement to NYU Stern's robust finance curriculum. The Valuation seminar succeeds in generating standing room only attendance each year and is considered essential by GFA members to prepare for the summer internship interview process.
- Industry Career Panels - As new areas of finance emerge or grow in student popularity, the club creates programming to educate its members about these exciting areas. Recently developed programming includes an industry panel on corporate finance.
- Spring Investment Banking Networking Reception - Annual Spring conference that brings together leading boutique investment banks and Stern students to network and talk about recent trends and issues in the industry.
- Career Development Program - The Career Development Program will be focused on First-Year Investment Banking and Corporate Finance candidates. It will provide MBA1s with informational, educational, and mentoring sessions throughout their first semester in order to better prepare them for recruiting and a career in Investment Banking. Students will be matched up with an MBA2 mentor to help guide them through the recruiting process. Students will also participate in sessions specifically targeting the skills they need to capture a job in finance. These will include sessions on preparing your elevator pitch, succeeding in informational interviews, and mock interview sessions.
- Langone Finance Development Program -The Langone Finance Development program is specifically targeted for Langone students who wish to enter a career in Finance. It is a multi-year program aimed to help students prepare for Finance recruiting by the end of their second year. The program will be coordinated with sessions from the Career Center for Working Professionals to provide students with the skills needed to make a transition to a finance position. This will include sessions to help understand the Recruiting process, resume prep, interview skills sessions, and mock interviews, among others